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Wisdom for a Livable Planet: The Visionary Work of Terri Swearingen, Dave Foreman, Wes Jackson, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Werner Fornos, Herman Daly, Stephen Schneider, and David Orr

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The author profiles the work of eight visionaries who have dedicated their lives to various environmental issues. Each story provides a portrait of an individual's valiant and inspiring campaign to improve the conditions for life on our planet. Taken together, the work of these people points the way toward creating an ecologically centered civilization in which a brighter ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 17th 2005 by Trinity University Press (first published February 10th 2005)
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Rachel Bruce
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
“Paradise found is paradise lost.” - E. O. Wilson

It’s difficult reading this book, published in 2005, knowing that the state of the environment (and environmental policy) has not improved with age.

And yet, what this book and its structure do so well is remind us that one person’s actions can make a difference. I enjoyed each chapter focusing on a different person’s journey tackling a specific environmental issue and learned a lot about environmental topics (such as population) that I don’t usua
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Erik Akre
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: brave-hearted environmentalists
This collection of essays about famous and potent environmental activists, thinkers, educators, and visionaries contains a remarkable amount of biography that anyone could think inspiring. Each person is living a life of integrity and vision, not only changing the world but genuinely being that change at the same time. Any environmentalist-minded person might find their stories and their thinking interesting, at very least.

As for me, I found the essays a bit tiresome to read. I was amazed, and I
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Rosaly Byrd
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book! It was a source of motivation and inspiration towards sustainability. Great insight and ideas! Although a little dated (I just discovered this book recently thanks to my sister), it was still very relevant.
Jennifer
Nov 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Well written, interesting (if somewhat depressing) ideas, and yet kind of a slog for me to get thru. I did love the chapter on David Orr - made me wonder if it is too late for me to go to Oberlin and get my environmental studies degree? - but there were two areas that really stuck with me and don't have all that much to do with the premise of the book. The first was in Herman Daly's chapter where he describes the ambivalence he and his father have toward higher education (Ph. D. standing for "ph ...more
Jessica
May 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was included in a list required reading for a 500 level conservation biology course. It is a compilation of several contemporary "conservationists" telling their stories of working on population issues in third-world countries, stopping nuclear waste incinerators and becoming an influential member in the Earth First movement. I would have to say there some stories I was more sympathetic towards than others. These are difficult issues, I wish there was more wisdom...
Alicia
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I really like the latter part of this book (for some reason first few stories didn't really interest me that much...I sort of glossed over them) but I really liked the whole environmental economics parts of it. also liked reading the people's backstories - those were probably the best part. otherwise it was alright.
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